Mitt Romney’s moment will include an appeal to the people who voted against his party in 2008.
“If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama?” Romney will say, according to excerpts provided by his campaign. “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.”
The portions of his speech distributed late this afternoon contain an upbeat array of appeals to the American people: an appeal for change in the midst of a moribund economy; an appeal to women, noting he chose women to be his lieutenant governor and chief of staff as governor of Massachusetts; as well as a plug for Bain Capital, the company he helped start.
“Some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies,” Romney will tell the Tampa Bay Times Forum crowd. “We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.”
Bain Capital “has now grown into a great American success story,” Romney will say.
“Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president,” Romney plans to say. “That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.”
`When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.”
“That very optimism is uniquely American.”
“It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.”
This, Romney will say, was “the hope and change America voted for.”
“I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.”`
`Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, `’I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”’
“So here we stand,” Romney plans to tell his party’s convention. “Americans have a choice. A decision.”